At times I come across a photo which truly depicts how difficult the conditions could get for goalies who played in the Original Six era. The lack of protection provided by inadequate equipment only added their misery. At least their chest protectors could cushion a blow inflicted by a rocket released from Bobby Hull's banana blade. When it came to the face area, the goalies were left helpless.
The above photo shows Boston Bruins goalie Eddie Johnston coming face to puck in an Original Six contest played in the 1960s.